LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Pulaski County Circuit judge says he'll give turkey hunters another shot at persuading him to force the state to reinstate the fall hunting season.

Judge Willard Proctor Jr. had rejected a petition by hunter David Clark to force the state Game and Fish Commission to reinstate the season.

But after a hearing Thursday, the judge agreed to hold a second hearing to reconsider the issue. The hearing, set for Oct. 23, will be three days before the seven-day gun season had been scheduled.

The season was canceled over findings that the turkey population was declining.

Proctor says he was persuaded to rethink his original ruling after Clark's attorney argued that the commission might not have given hunters enough warning that it was considering canceling the turkey season.